When you are cleaning, you probably have your favorite disinfectant with you. But have you tried reading the list of ingredients on the label? Some of those chemicals may actually be harmful. Why not try disinfectant spray DIY? Here is what you will need:
Ingredients and Procedure
Most of these ingredients can be found inside your home. If not, they are easily accessible, so you do not have to worry about looking for them. These ingredients are also safer than the chemicals used in most disinfectants.
• ¾ cup distilled water
Distilled water has been stripped of its natural contaminants and minerals, so you can be sure that your disinfectant spray is clean, and you do not have to worry about leaving any mineral residue.
• ¼ cup white vinegar
If you hate the scent of vinegar, you can use rubbing alcohol or vodka instead. However, make sure to test it on a small area of your surfaces first because alcohol may not be suitable for some surfaces.
• Essential oils
Some essential oils, like lavender and tea tree, have natural disinfecting properties. This means that a few drops alone can help get rid of germs, viruses, and bacteria around the house. Their calming scents are a bonus too, perfectly masking the vinegar’s sour odor.
• 7 drops tea tree essential oil
Tea tree essential oils are both antiviral and antifungal, which is why it is most often used in treating minor wounds, like scratches, or fungal infections. It does have a piney fragrance though, so you may want to reduce the number of drops if you cannot stand it.
• 7 drops lavender essential oil
Aside from lavender’s disinfecting properties, it also smells delightful. Lavender greatly complements the tea tree oil’s strong scent. Regardless, essential oils smell better than harsh chemicals with a fake citrus scent, right?
Once you have gathered all your ingredients, all you have to do is to measure them out and add them into your spray bottle. A funnel will make it easier to add your ingredients and avoid any spills. After that, simply shake the bottle and spray it on your tabletops, handles, cell phone, and more.
Benefits of Using DIY Disinfectant Spray
Since you are making your disinfectants from scratch, you will surely save more money by making bigger batches. You will also minimize your use of plastics, since you can reuse the same spray bottle without buying a new plastic container. You are also assured that it is safe for your family and pets. To top it all off, you can also sell it or give to your neighbors and friends.
Store-bought disinfectants with a lot of unfamiliar and harmful chemicals may actually find their way into the air, and then through your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) unit, allowing you to inhale these particles. You can prevent these chemicals from spreading throughout your house by changing your filters regularly and having your HVAC inspected annually by professionals.
Once you have started using your DIY disinfectant spray, it will definitely become your new favorite. The natural ingredients in your disinfectant will be able to get rid of all the impurities in your home, and you won’t have to worry about the chemicals in them.